The hotel is in a great location, with several museums and historic palaces within walking distance. The airport bus (#6011) drops you off at Anguk metro/subway station, from there make a right at the corner and just keep walking until you see a white, eight-story building across the street; even if you don't see it just cross the street at the next crosswalk and walk straight about 10 m and you'll see it (in total, about a 5-7 min. walk).
The room itself was large enough, with a tv providing plenty of English channels. One odd thing - the hotel at first claimed that they don't provide shampoo, only bar soap, though after a bit of prodding they relented and found me some. The were no coffee-making facilities in the room, nor a safe, but both hot water and a safety deposit box are provided free at reception. Also, Koreans say you're not supposed to drink the tap water, so the hotel provides free bottled water on request.
Also nearby is the Insadong market, with tons of souvenir shops and dozens of restaurants (i.e. I found a wonderful little Korean restaurant where a hearty dinner and drinks only cost about US$12). The food is completely safe everywhere, don't think twice about restaurants or street food, it's all cheap and delicious. Avoid the cabaret show at the Sheraton it's over-priced and a poor production, but do check out the traditional theater at Korea House if you're interested. All in all, I actually enjoyed Seoul more than Japan, the people are nicer, the city has a flair for culture, and I look forward to going back.
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- Also Known As:
- Crown Insadong Hotel
- Crown Insadong Seoul